Actress Sheetal Sheth turns author: Teaches children to love their given names

By Sailaja Joshi

From India Abroad

When actress Sheetal Sheth was pregnant with her first child and was shopping for children’s books, she soon realized that there’s very little kids inclusive kids literature out there.

“There’s definitely been a lot more inclusion in the young adult book world, but in picture books, the ones that are out there seem to center on holidays like Diwali, Holi, and Ramadan or other big events,” she told India Abroad. “But our books should be about everything,” she said. “Why can’t there be a series of books on a girl of color,” she wondered.

So she wrote one herself. Sheth said the book broadly deals with an experience that’s universal — like kids dealing with bullying. She said the book tells kids that they don’t have to change to fit in.

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